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X considers implementing ID verification to prevent impersonation

What To Know

  • According to information shared by app researcher Nima Owji, X is in the process of introducing an extra layer of verification that necessitates users to submit a photo of their government-issued ID and take a selfie.
  • It explains that users need to furnish a picture of their ID along with a selfie.
  • Interestingly, it appears that X is collaborating with a third-party “identity intelligence” company called Au10tix for this verification feature.
  • Although X did not respond to the request for comments, the introduction of this verification feature indicates the company’s proactive stance in countering impersonation on its platform.

After facing disruptions caused by widespread impersonation a few months ago, X is now actively developing new ID verification features. These features aim to enhance security and user authenticity on the platform.

According to information shared by app researcher Nima Owji, X is in the process of introducing an extra layer of verification that necessitates users to submit a photo of their government-issued ID and take a selfie.

Nima Owji, who often uncovers unreleased features within the X app, initially noticed an “ID verified” badge on Musk’s profile earlier this month. His recent discovery includes an in-app message outlining the verification process, suggesting that the official launch might be approaching.

The message prompts users to “Verify your account by providing government-issued ID,” with the process expected to take around 5 minutes. It explains that users need to furnish a picture of their ID along with a selfie.

Interestingly, it appears that X is collaborating with a third-party “identity intelligence” company called Au10tix for this verification feature. The fine print specifies that both Au10tix and X will have access to the verification information provided.

X plans to retain “ID images, including biometric data, for up to 30 days” and utilize this data for security purposes, including thwarting impersonation attempts.

Au10tix, known for its quick and largely automated verification processes, has previously worked with major companies such as Google, PayPal, and Uber. However, no immediate response was received from an Au10tix representative when contacted for comments.

Although X did not respond to the request for comments, the introduction of this verification feature indicates the company’s proactive stance in countering impersonation on its platform. Presently, X offers verified status to users who subscribe to X Premium (formerly known as Twitter Blue).

While the company has put in place certain protective measures, such as the verified organizations feature, instances of impersonation have still managed to occur. Moreover, various scammers, especially those dealing with cryptocurrencies, have exploited the verification system to boost the visibility of their posts.

While it’s not entirely clear if optional identity checks will completely resolve these challenges, they could certainly make identifying certain scammers and impersonators a bit more manageable.

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